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Rathgeber: Messe von Muri, Concertos - Cappella Murensis        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 9, 2009

Rathgeber (1682-1750) was an almost perfect contemporary of Bach. This SACD features: * Rathgeber - Muri Mass - six concertos for variously, violin, clarinet, and trumpet; and Telonius: Concerto for trumpet marine. According to the programme notes, the Muri Mass was writtten in 1731, ... more
Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge - Marriner        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 9, 2009

The previous review provides an excellent background. I might briefly comment on the following paragraph: > according to some sources, Bach never intended it to be performed, > and it hasnít been until late in the 20th Century. The Art of the Fugue did appear in European concert halls in 1927 ... more
Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 3 - Chorzempa/Schroeder        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 3, 2009

This is a follow-on note to the first review posted here. I completely concur with that review, and so I shall limit my comments to some additional thoughts: 1. This SACD includes the magnificently funereal Adagio from Organ Concerto No.10 (track 11). Splendid piece. 2. Sonics I contrasted the ... more
Shostakovich: Piano Works - Vladimir Ashkenazy        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  March 1, 2009

1. Sonics: The Decca recording is splendid (SACD stereo). 2. Repertoire: The works of interest/substance here are the Second Piano Sonata from 1942 (in particular, the third movement), and the earlier Aphorisms from 1927. The rest of the disk is of lesser interest: various bits of lighter ... more
Berlioz: Requiem - Sir Colin Davis        (5 of 12 found this review helpful)
  March 1, 2009

Berlioz's Requiem requires a monster orchestra of 180 instruments. On top, Berlioz prescribed minimum vocal forces of 80 females, 60 tenors and 70 basses. That sums to about 400 performers. Bigger than Ben Hur. It's very nice that SACD has a dynamic range of 120 dB, but if the original recording ... more

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